October 4, 2004
Posted by Stuart, October 4, 2004 9:23 PM
Some of my favourite bloggers of the moment are reBloggers.
They use ReBlog, a tool that facilitates the process of filtering and republishing relevant content from many RSS feeds. reBloggers subscribe to their favorite feeds, preview the content, and select their favorite posts. These posts are automatically published through their favorite blogging software.
The system --publicly available as an Open Source project-- was developed by Michael Frumin for Eyebeam R&D to create a community site focused mainly on art and technology, but here and there are posts about politics, alternative comics, or society.
It might sound simple, but you don't just select a given content, you also select the way the reblogged author presented that content, the way it commented or illustrated it (though the system gives you the possibility to add pictures, text, or comments.)
The challenge then is to create a rhythm between strong visuals and interesting texts, while mixing the topics in an equilibrated "montage."
The system systematically gives credit to the original post, but not mechanically as the software allows the reBlogger to choose the link to use for "top of the post" status.
The Eyebeam ReBlog invites guests to try the system during a couple of weeks or so. Tom Moody and Tim Shey wrote their thoughts about the experience and another guest reblogger, Beverly Tang, said it all when she relaunched her own blog as a reBlog.
Related post: unmediated: new blog.[Smart Mobs]